Tide Softball Team Is Number One

The Alabama softball team takes over the top spot in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Top 25 polls, having turned in a 4-0 record during the opening weekend of the 2009 season. The No. 1 ranking marks the third year in a row that the Crimson Tide has earned the accolade.

  'We appreciate the recognition this early in the season," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "All of us are excited about this team's potential. This senior class has now been ranked No. 1 three straight years.  It's a credit to the players and all of their hard work."

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll Alabama received 12 first-place votes and will open its home season this coming weekend in the Bama Bash.  SEC rival Florida landed at No. 2 with eight first-place votes while Oklahoma moved to No. 3 after capturing the Hawaii Paradise Classic title.

In the USA Today /NFCA poll the Gators check in at No. 2 after taking two of three games from Baylor last weekend. Defending NCAA champion Arizona State check in at No. 3, coming off of a 5-1 opening weekend after playing host to the Kajikawa Classic.

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